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Diane Douglas
Diane Douglas by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
21st Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Governor Doug Ducey
Preceded by John Huppenthal
Succeeded by Kathy Hoffman (Elect)
Personal details
Born Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Raritan Valley Community College
Rutgers University ( BA)

Diane Douglas is the current Republican Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. She was elected to her first term on November 4, 2014, edging out her Democratic opponent, David Garcia, by one percentage point. [1]

Douglas took office on January 5, 2015, succeeding incumbent John Huppenthal, whom she defeated for the party's nomination in the Republican primary on August 26, 2014.

Immediately after her election, Douglas faced a recall effort by voters who felt she was not qualified for the position. [2]

In 2018, Douglas decided to remove evolution from the Arizona state education standards. [3]

Early career and education

Prior to serving as Superintendent of Public Instruction, Douglas worked in accounting and financial analysis for several firms. She has also spoken at conferences sponsored by AZ Right to Life and Americans for Prosperity.

Douglas has an Associate degree. in business from Somerset County College [4] and a B.A. in business and marketing from Rutgers University. [4]

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Douglas was elected as the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2014. She was subsequently sworn into office on January 5, 2015, succeeding John Huppenthal, who lost in the Republican primary on August 26, 2014. [5] [6]

In her first year in office, a recall effort failed to gather enough signatures to make the ballot. [7] However, as of August 2016, Douglas' approval rating was just 16 percent. [8] In the 2018 elections, Douglas lost her re-election bid in the Republican party primary, finishing third in a closely-contested race in which the top four candidates all received approximately 20% to 22% of the vote. [9]

Electoral history

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Republican Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Diane Douglas 290,719 58.44
Republican John Huppenthal (inc.) 206,744 41.56
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Diane Douglas 740,273 50.55
Democratic David Garcia 724,239 49.45
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Republican Primary Election, 2018 [9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Riggs 124,872 21.82
Republican Bob Branch 124,643 21.80
Republican Diane Douglas (inc.) 121,452 21.22
Republican Tracy Livingston 115,778 20.23
Republican Jonathan Gelbart 85,511 14.94

References

  1. ^ "Douglas wins Arizona schools superintendent race".
  2. ^ FOX. "Effort continues to recall Diane Douglas".
  3. ^ "Arizona state education standards see evolution deleted".
  4. ^ a b "Candidate for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas". 6 October 2014.
  5. ^ "AZ Supt. of Public Instruction: Douglas wins top post, Garcia concedes".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
  7. ^ "Chairman: Effort to recall Superintendent Diane Douglas fails".
  8. ^ "Poll: Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas' approval rating remains at only 16 percent".
  9. ^ a b "State of Arizona Official Canvass" (PDF). Arizona Secretary of State.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Huppenthal
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
2015–present
Succeeded by
Kathy Hoffman
Elect